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LYFE Recovery Services

SCORE mentors John Strom and Sam Schall helped Payne write a successful business plan and set clear goals for growth. Strom also helped Payne identify staff strengths. Payne says... Read more

Stacey Payne
Owner, LYFE Recovery Services
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Professional Dog Mom

An early customer referred Benge to SCORE just as she was launching, and Benge has been attending workshops and meeting with mentors ever since. Initially, Benge sought mentoring... Read more

Tonda Benge
Professional Dog Mom
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Elizabeth Grimm helps people reclaim their health

Elizabeth worked with SCORE to help set up her business.  “I knew what I wanted to do; I didn’t know how to get there,” she said.  “My mentors helped me think through my business... Read more

Elizabeth Grimm
Owner, Elizabeth Grimm
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HRinDemand helps Small Businesses

Irene DeHuff, a SCORE volunteer and current Northern Nevada Chapter Chair, had a similar HR background as Melissa, so was an ideal mentor.  Starting in 2008, she brought in other... Read more

Melissa Marsh
Owner, HRinDemand
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Kay Ko Works with SCORE to Start Kumon Math and Reading Center

CPA Kay Ko wanted to help her children with their math and reading so she started the Kumon Math & Reading Center in Reno.   Though she knew a lot about business, starting up... Read more

Kay Ko
Owner, Kumon Math and Reading Center
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Butchman Services

Worked with SCORE Northern Nevada to make their handyman business successful, primarily focusing on helping people who need help with home maintenace and repair. Read more

Butch and Kim Butchman
Owner, Butchman Services
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Distinctive Bedding

Ruby Russell
Founder, Distinctive Bedding
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Break Through Reno

Phil’s advice to anyone starting a new business is to “follow your gut.” “I tried to do everything myself and I should have hired sooner and delegated more...and expanded faster... Read more

Phil and Sumiko Frayssinoux
Owners, Break Through Reno
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Covid-19 made me do it: How I pivoted my business during the pandemic.

I’ve been lucky to have my SCORE mentor for over a year now. She has served as a steady guide by keeping me on track with my business goals.  Read more

Christine Elder
Sole Proprietor, Christine Elder Illustration & Design
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What To Do With An Idea? Make It A Reality With Help From SCORE!

I am fortunate to have several amazing SCORE mentors. I found Dana Connon on the SCORE website, sent her an email, and then set up an in-person meeting. Dana offered resources,... Read more

Shirley Washington
Inventor/Founder, Sway-Oh, LLC
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Building Business and Legacy

SCORE has helped me by defining the role to take in my business and how to work on my business instead of the day-to-day functions. They even recruited me to be a SCORE volunteer. Read more

Dr. Lisa R. McGuthry
CEO/Boutique Boss, Our Favorite Things Boutique & Event Center
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From new business to Oregon Bride Magazine's Best Wedding Planner and All Around Vendor

Almost every year, we've been able to achieve our financial goals, our number of wedding goals, and our growth goals. Even though this past year has been incredibly rough on the... Read more

Briana Denman
Owner, Planner , The Indigo Bride

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